Monthly Archive:: July 2009

HVCC: Appraisal Rules Are Posing a Challenge

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since taking effect on May 1, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) has been a source of considerable concern among NAR members, both sales professionals and appraisers. The new rules were...
July 31, 2009

Tell Us About Your Pro Bono Work

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine I recently read an article in the New York Times about John Burger, a practitioner with Brown Harris Stevens in New York, who offered to sell Bernie Madoff’s penthouse (list price: about...
July 31, 2009

New “Reg. Z” Rules Could Slow Closings

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Starting tomorrow, July 30, you could see transactions slowed as lenders try to navigate changes to rules (“Reg. Z”) on consumer disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). By being aware...
July 29, 2009

How Twitter Raises the Stakes

By Todd Carpenter, Social Media Manager, National Association of REALTORS® I assume that everything I say on the Internet will be read by my supervisors here at NAR. While my personal Twitter page is exactly that, the blurred lines...
July 28, 2009

Brokerages Get Financing Help

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Much of what NAR gets involved in at the federal level is high-profile, like protecting the mortgage interest deduction, but the association on a daily basis is involved in initiatives that fly...
July 28, 2009

Reader Poll: How Much Do You Spend on Closing Gifts?

REALTOR® Magazine online will be featuring an upcoming article about closing gifts, and we want to hear from you! Please answer our two poll questions below. <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1806038/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1806038/”>How much on average do you spend on a closing gift...
July 24, 2009

When Negotiating, 30 Seconds to Set the Tone

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As the founder and director of Harvard’s International Negotiation Initiative, Daniel Shapiro has had his hand in numerous discussions between dignitaries, terrorists, lawyers, business leaders, and even real estate practitioners. Shapiro, a...

Real Estate Portion of Energy Bill Succeeds

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As you would imagine with any federal bill dealing with energy issues, NAR members have taken considerable interest in climate change legislation that passed the House late last month. It’s called the...

NAR Enlists the Help of Uncle Sam to Deliver $8,000 Tax Credit Message

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Multimedia Producer, REALTOR® Magazine NAR has unveiled a new TV ad that spotlights the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit. The new ad, “Housewarming,” hit the airwaves this week and is available to view and download...

Google’s New Tools: Free, But Are They Worth It?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine I came across an article recently that talked about the release of Google Chrome, a new operating system (OS) from the tech geniuses at Mountain View, Calif. Now, a free OS from...
July 14, 2009